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According to our good friends at Wikipedia, the word leprechaun is thought to come from “the Old Irish luchorpan, a compound of the roots lu (small) and corp (body). Looks at depth chart for the Boston Celtics. Nods head. Looks at mascot for the Boston Celtics. Nods head. The glove fits. Looks at OJ nodding his head vociferously from side to side. So, this iteration of the Celtics is perfect for the new-age positionless basketball, but it’s one that makes Celtics old timers cringe. Bill Walton. Dave Cowens. Robert Parish. Bill Russell. All big men that brought the pot of gold to Boston. Now, the 2017 Celtics are 34-12, the second-best record in all of basketball. Brad Stevens for President! But, a huge glaring weakness is facing off against dominant big men. Over the past two weeks, Anthony Davis went 45/16. Karl-Anthony Towns went 25/23. Even Tristan Thompson went 10/11. Tristan Thompson people! Which brings me to Joel Embiid. Last night, Embiid went:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 26 16 6 1 2 4 0/1 10/19 6/7

He was a true Sixer: 6 free throws made. 6 assists. 16 boards. 26 points. Nods head vociferously like OJ. Ok, back to reality. You don’t need me to tell you that Embiid is awesome. What would be of interest, though, is that the 76ers may allow Embiid to play in back-to-back games. He’s a top 25 player for fantasy right now. If he starts getting full run, that might get OJ to nod his head vociferously up and down.

Here’s what else I saw last night:

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Robert Covington:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 5 2 2 1 1 3 1/4 1/5 2/2

Lord Covington has been bad the past few weeks. He’s not hoisting up shots or getting his 211 on. The turnovers have also been plentiful, which would be good if he were a pastry chef. His last four games: 5, 11, 5, and 11 points. Next game 11 points? Anyways, I’m not too worried about the Lord. He has an extensive track record. Plus, one must always have faith in the Lord, right?

Ben Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 8 7 4 1 0 3 0 4/9 0

He did have 2 offensive rebounds and 5 defensive rebounds. I thought Ben was a Sixer? Looks like Embiid took them all last night. Simmons is really good. I do worry about his lack of J and aggressiveness at times. With that said, he’s going to score, grabs boards, dish out dimes, and get his block and 211 on. The lack of 3s and turnovers keep his fantasy value down, though.

TJ McConnell:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
15 2 2 3 0 4 2/2 5/8 3/4

He’s been a favorite of all the Razzball writers this week. And for good reason. That hair is impeccable. I kid. He’s scored in double figues three straight games and 211’d three in three straight games. It’s always the innocent looking ones you have to keep your eye on.

With no Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart got the start at point guard and played 34 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 5 1 0 0 4 1/4 6/11 0

Oh, Marcus darling. Only the seventh time he’s shot better than 50% from the field. He’s at 34% for the season.

Marcus Morris:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 6 1 0 0 3 2/5 4/9 4/4

Since returning from injury, Morris is now consistently getting around 25 minutes of run per game. He’s also hoisted up 9, 13, 13, and 8 shots in the last four games. Morris won’t contribute much in D stats, but he will grab some boards, drain some 3s, and get buckets.

Aaron Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 17 11 2 3 0 2 2/10 7/20 1/2

The Commissioner isn’t focused on D. Isn’t it his duty to protect and serve? For Gordon, the best defense is a good offense, as he’s averaging close to 20 shots per game. Unfortunately, he’s been converting at a 35% rate. It’s only a matter of time before he gets hot again.

Jonathon Simmons:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 3 4 2 1 2 0/2 5/10 6/8

Since the start of the year, Simmons has scored single digits in four of seven games. At least he’s played 35, 32, and 33 minutes the past three. With that said, he’s so scoring dependent and doesn’t contribute much in the periphery categories.

Elfrid Payton:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 4 8 2 1 3 1/1 9/17 0

Always has the potential to mess around, but as my momma used to tell me….potential don’t mean shit. There are so many annoying things with Elfrid. Obviously, his hair, but the free throw shooting. 63%? Seriously? Also, Vogel will sit Elf in favor of DJ Augustin at times. Aiya. Not even a top 100 player for fantasy right now.

Bizmack Biyombo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
4 10 1 0 2 1 0 1/2 2/2

Bizmack Biyombo Blocks and Boards.

Mario Hezonja:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 2 0 2 0 2 0/4 5/11 2/2

Still crazy to think that Hezonja was the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Mario needs some magic mushrooms. The minutes are all over the place, but when Mario plays he chucks, especially from downtown. He’s averaging 10 shot attempts per game from the field and almost five from downtown since the start of the year (8 games). Has scored double figures in six of the eight games and averaged five boards during that span. Not too shabby, but nothing super.

Kevin Love:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 12 11 2 1 1 1 1/6 3/10 5/6

Since Isaiah Thomas has started playing, Love has had three games with a usage rate below 20%. Prior to IT playing, the usage rate was consistently in the high-20s to low-30s. While Love will still get around 10 shots a game, he probably won’t be getting the 15-20 he was getting pre-IT. Because he doesn’t contribute much in the D stats, it’s going to be difficult for Love to remain a top 25 player for fantasy.

LeBron James:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 16 5 6 1 0 6 0/4 7/16 2/8

2-for-8 from the charity stripe. LeBrick. I kind of feel like LeBron is playing LePossum right now. Letting IT get into the mix and coast until LeAll-Star break. Get LeCharged up. Then, unleash LeJuggernaught for the stretch run.

Isaiah Thomas:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 21 3 4 2 0 2 3/10 6/15 6/7

Played 30 minutes, which makes back-to-back games with at least 30 minutes of run. The usage rate has been in the 30% range since he’s returned. I didn’t think IT would make an impact this year, but it looks like he’s going to be a vital contributer going forward, unlike most of the IT guys I’ve worked with. Did you turn the power on then off? I kid. The IT guys were always very helpful. So was the Stocktonator, as it liked IT last night.

Derrick Rose:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 3 1 0 1 2 0/1 3/6 3/4

Played 13 minutes in his return. I love how the Cavs just completely punted defense. Anyways, I have a hard time envisioning Rose carving out a substantial role for the Cavs.

Karl-Anthony Towns:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
22 16 3 2 5 0 1/7 10/19 1/2

39 double-dubs in 47 games. KAT literally does it all. Scores, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, shoots 3s, and converts at a high percentage from everywhere on the court. When I say literally, I mean literally because he’s played in all 210 of a possible 210 games in his 2 1/2 year career. Anthony Davis is like, “Why everybody gotta be looking at me?” You know who was all over KAT last night? Stocktonator, that’s who.

Jimmy Butler:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 4 2 2 1 1 0/1 8/15 7/8

Most butlers hate cats, but this Butler is thoroughly enjoy his KAT.

Jeff Teague:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
6 5 3 0 0 3 0/1 3/8 0/1

Shit happens. There will be the occassional dud from Teague, but more often than not, you know exactly what you’re going to get.

With Trevor Ariza out, Luc Mbah a Moute got the start and played 32 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 14 5 2 1 0 0 4/6 5/9 0

Ariza is out for another game, so Luc will be a viable streaming option against the Warriors.

James Harden:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 10 2 7 2 2 2 1/5 3/15 3/3

Returned from injury and played 26 minutes. Was rusty but at least his owners are once again Harden excited.

PJ Tucker:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
5 9 0 1 0 1 1/4 2/8 0

With both Ariza and Gerald Green suspended, Tucker sucked up most of the minutes. He’s not a scoring threat, but will grab boards and get his 211 on. He’s going to get a minutes boost for another game, so he’s also a viable streaming option.

Eric Gordon:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 30 3 3 1 1 2 7/13 11/19 1/1

With Harden back, Gordon slides back to the second unit, where he feasted and will continue to feast. Nom nom nom.

Thaddeus Young:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
10 14 3 2 0 1 0/2 5/12 0

Played 37 minutes after getting 36 minutes of run the game before. The 14 boards were a season-high, as he tallied his second double dub of the year. Young has scored double figures in six straight games.

With Myles Turner still out, Domantas Sabonis got the start and played 33 minutes.

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
9 10 3 1 1 3 0 4/9 1/1

Must’ve been an emotional night for Arvydas returning to Portland. Since Turner has been out, Sabonis has averaged 12.3 points, 11.3 boards, and 2 assists.

Darren Collison:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
23 0 3 1 0 0 5/6 9/14 0

Collison does just enough to keep owners from dropping him. Most of the time, though, said owners just walk around aimlessly muttering incoherent words to themselves.

Victor Oladipo:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 23 7 3 0 2 2 1/9 9/25 4/5

No muttering for owners of Oladipo. They just put their hands in the air and sing….Oladipo Ho! Uh, Oladipo Ho!

Stocktonator was bumping the tune as well. It loved Dipo last night.

Lance Stephenson:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 0 2 1 0 0 0 0/3 0/6 0/2

Only played 10 minutes due to an illness. Interesting, because his owners got ill as well. Not like Run DMC illin’, though. Just straight puke and vomitting ill.

Al-Farouq Aminu:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
12 9 2 1 1 1 2/7 4/11 2/2

Will rarely get a ceiling, slate-breaking, week-winning game from Aminu. What you will get is a little something something every game. AAA is always there for you.

Jusuf Nurkic:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
 19 17 0 2 2 3 0 8/14 3/3

Played 32 minutes. This is the kind of game I expect from Nurkic going forward. With that said, he has been very inconsistent this year and last night’s game was against Sabonis, who is terrible defending the position.

Damian Lillard:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
26 5 8 0 1 3 2/8 8/21 8/8

The Chinese were very, very happy with Dame’s line. 88888. Anyways, y’all know what time it is:

Evan Turner:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
2 2 1 0 0 2 0/2 1/6 0

Turner is so bad. ET go home.

Shabazz Napier:

PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV 3PT FG FT
13 4 2 2 2 2 2/4 4/12 3/3

Played 29 minutes. Coach Stotts said that he wanted to get Napier more run so….

  1. Nukna says:
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    Greetings, Son, Brent and the rest of the crew!
    My team in a 12 team, 9 cat, H2H league:
    Lillard, Wall, Rubio, Dinwiddie, McConnell
    Middleton, THJ, Lee, BogBog
    A.Davis, Whiteside, Gasol, Mirotic
    IL – Millsap

    For some reason, Teo the Magician is available.
    I like his upside, as well as the fact that he’s getting better every game.
    I’ve recently scooped up McConnell for Rondo, got fed up with RRs duds and like McC, especially with Fultz having additional issues.
    Rubio is still pretty bad, but I still have hopes of him bringing it up a notch (wouldn’t be the first time).
    Lee is not attractive, but he’s a contributor across the board and a top-60 player for the season.
    Or maybe the newcomer McC should go after all?
    I’m already leading my league in AST, but do believe I might regret missing on Milos.
    Do you guys see a drop for him?
    Thanks and respect from Serbia!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Nukna: Id rather have Teo over TJ

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @Nukna: You are a Serbian and you are still wondering if you should grab Milos?? Shame…….shame………shame…….

      • Nukna says:
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        Hey, trying to be objective, no favourites in fantasy. At least in theory. 😉
        Based on your name, guess you’ve been shooting for The Freak in your drafts. And Koufos in deep leagues. Very, very, very deep. 🙂

  2. sebapargue says:
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    Hey son, always like for write ups.

    I have a question, this guy just sent me a trade offer:

    My Lebron and Carmelo for his Anthony Davis and Garry Harris.

    would you go for it?? i mean i know his side has more upside but mine is safer? plus i loose 2 games in the playoffschedule….really torn about this trade…i want to..

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @sebapargue: Rhanks! Appreciate that. I like the AD/Harris side better, but there’s obvious risk. If you don’t want the risk, keep LeBron.

  3. J says:
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    Who you like better moving forward, Ish Smith or Rubio?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @J: Rubio

  4. Relax! says:
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    Valanciunas or Buddy Heild?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Depends on team context. In a vacuum, I’d side with JV

  5. Jon says:
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    Hi Son,

    Great writeup again! Definitely made me nod my head vociferously!

    I got offered a trade. His M Beasley and M Plumlee for my Fournier and Frenchise.

    You think it’s a good trade?

    9 cat / H2H / 14-man
    PG – Smart, Jrue, Rubio, Frenchise
    SF –LeVert, Fournier, Josh Jackson, IT3
    PF – Frank the tank, Jabari, AD
    C – Embiid, Gobert, Len

    Thanks!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jon: Ha! I would not do that trade

  6. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    I feel lee’s value is going down with thj’s return. Looking some available guards to replace him. Would you rank these available guards? And who would you suggest best for me to nab in preparation of playoffs.

    Mcconnell, ellington, wallace, murray, jack

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Murray, Ellington, McConnell, Jack, Wallace

      Murray

      • Miel says:
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        @Son: thanks son. Murray was awesome last month but was dropped due to recent struggles. Hope he gets his groove back before playoffs. 🙂

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Yeah, been an up and down year, but I’ve been a believer since the beginning.

  7. waffles says:
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    hey son good stuff

    i feel confident i’ll have a first round bye… has anyone written any good schedule analysis with which i could target players with heavy weeks in the 2nd/3rd week of h2h playoffs?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @waffles: Thanks!

      Will try and get something up for you.

  8. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Son. Which two out of Pau, Barton and Mirotic in a head to head points league? Thanks!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jerry: Pau

  9. Willy says:
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    Hii Son,

    Could you please rank for draymond,otto,middleton,gary harris & m.turner ??

    h2h 10cat (9cat+PF)

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Willy: Draymond, Harris, Otto, Middleton, Myles

  10. Simp says:
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    Hey Son! Got an offer where I trade Ben Simmons to receive Steph Curry. Sounds enticing, but I’m in a 10 person roto with keepers. Next year I could keep Simmons for $14, or if I accept the offer, Steph for $58. The question is immediate output vs. long term value. I’m currently running 5th in our league and am leading in steals and blocks, but last in TOs and FG%. Is this a trade you’d take?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      The conundrum is real. If you think you have a legitimate shot, pull the trigger. Banners fly forever.

  11. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Drop Delon for Taurean?

      • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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        @Son:

        Yea, if what I read was correct he has been closing out games together with Lowry and DD. And he delivers even coming off the bench. But should we make room for Prince? Like do a 2 for 1 trade. Is it going to be worth it?

        Cos I still got guys that are pissing me off–I’m talking to you James Johnson. Lol. I know he provides decent amount of boards and dimes but jeez his d-stats are nowhere to be found at times and his scoring has been inconsistent all year. Meanwhile Rubio, as inconsistent as he is, is still able to produce serviceable number of steals/boards/dimes and has a nice three game stretch.

        I’m more inclined to move Johnson than Rubio, and I’m thinking of pairing him up with AG, which guard could I land for the two? Beal? George?

        *I also have Thad who’s maddeningly inconsistent and has a bad playoff schedule but I like him better than Johnson.

        And one last thing–FUCK KAWHI AND THE SPURS

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @I just wanna Kawhi: I’ve read the same. I don’t think Prince is a must get, but he is a young cat on a bad team, so he will probably get tons of run down the stretch.

          Don’t talk about JJ like that! Ha! I’ve always been a fan, so I’m obviously biased. I did watch the MIA/ORL game the other day and he was running the point along with JRich. That was with Dragic out. I always like him because he’s versatile and contributes across the board. If you can get Beal or George, by all means, but I have a feeling you’d need to give up more.

          Ha! I missed you with the Kawhi and Spurs rant. Good to have you back.

          • I just wanna Kawhi says:
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            @Son:

            I had kept quiet as to not jinx anything yet still, the Spurs shat on my head. Lol

            Hah! Yea, I like the guy, but the d-stats need to show!!!!

            But does he pass the eye test? Talking bout prince. I have yet to see a Hawks game. Hah

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @I just wanna Kawhi: Ha! Don’t you know that by trying not to jinx something, you are actually jinxing it, so you need to reverse the jinx of the jinx.

              The dude has a black belt. The last thing I’m worried about are the D stats!!!

              The problem with Prince is he’s not a high usage guy and has many games in which he just doesn’t shoot.

  12. Justin says:
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    In a 9 cat league, who should I drop to bring Gobert off IL: batum, taj Gibson, Rondae Hollis, Barton.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Justin: RHJ

  13. Miel says:
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    Hi son,
    Where would you rank rhj on 9 cat league?
    And would you prefer mcconnel over payton?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      In the 100 range.

      Payton

  14. Jake says:
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    Drop ryno, brolo or dejounte Murray for Tyler johnson?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: brolo

      • Jake says:
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        @Son: you don’t think brolo has opportunity if/when randle gets traded?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Jake: Maybe if both Nance and Randle got traded, but even then, I wouldn’t be confident that Luke would give him more than 20 mpg

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